Post # 1
I am making my own Bridesmaid or Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor bouquets/ boutennaires. I have 7 bridesmaid, and I would like their bouquets to be white roses… I dont want any filler, and would like ribbon around the base. How many flowers do you think they would need? 12 roses per bouquet? Also, how do you get the ribbon to stay so it doesnt unravel?
When should I order the flowers to have them delivered? And when can I make them so they do not dry out?
Any suggestions? What tools will I need? I have search the boards, and have found a lot of non-floral bouquet suggestions, so I need help…
Thanks very much!
Post # 3
I would recommend getting at least a dozen roses from the grocery store and doing a test run with them. Only you can decide if they look full enough to give you the finished result you’re after. You may find that 14 works better, or 16, or 8. If you let the roses open up more they will take up more space, but you might find you like the look of the more closed bud better.
For the ribbon, you can try a number of things. Do you want the ribbon tied in a bow, or a smooth finish? Do you want it to cover the stems completely, or go for a more hand tied look? What I first did with mine was wrap the stems (doesn’t have to be a big area) with floral tape. This secures them tightly together so that nothing falls out. If you’re tying a bow and worried about the ends fraying, you can dip the cut ends in a bit of white craft glue to seal the threads in. You can also get special sewing glue that basically does the same thing. You’ll need boutonniere/corsage pins for the boutonnieres, which if you’re going the non-bow route and your collection of stems is thick enough, you can also use to secure the ribbon in place. What I did for my bouquet was wrap the ribbon singly around the stems (covering the floral tape), then fold over the end and use two pins at an angle (be careful not to poke yourself!) to secure it in place.
As to when you should order, most wholesale floral sites have recommended delivery times. I knew that I wanted my garden roses to be fully open by the wedding, so I ordered them to arrive on Thursday for a Sunday wedding. Your bouquets should always be placed back in water after you’ve arranged them, otherwise they won’t survive until the wedding. I made mine the day before. (Note: if you’re wrapping it completely with ribbon, you may have to wait to do the wrapping until the morning of). Quite frankly, I think that the boutonnieres are harder. Try to keep them in water as much as possible, and keep them cold to preserve them (a fridge without any veggies or fruits in it can work).
stem clippers/knife, the sharper the better
buckets to put the flowers in fresh water when they arrive (can get at home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot, if in the states)
Have fun! 🙂
Post # 4
You should have them delivered 2 days before the wedding. As soon as they arrive , they will need to be processed. Cut about an inch off the stems and put roses in buckets of fresh water. Make the bouquets the day before and keep the stems in water. The heads of roses get very limp , the longer the roses are out of water. Keep in a very cool room. They will be great!!!!